This module contains the features of CSS relating to avoiding collisions between layout boxes.. CSS is a language for describing the rendering of structured documents (such as HTML and XML) on screen, on paper, in speech, etc.
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CSS provides several layout mechanisms, allowing authors to position their content in various ways. In some cases, the instructions given by the author may cause several parts of the document to overlap, making the content unreadable. Viewing the document in an environment significantly different from the one the author expected may increase the chances of such overlap happening. This module introduces an collision avoidance mechanism that authors can use in such situations.
Explain, normatively, how this module affects the definition of CSS.
This module replaces and extends the SUMMARIZE HERE features defined in [CSS21] sections W.X and Y.Z.
All properties in this module apply to the
This specification follows the CSS property definition conventions from [CSS21]. Value types not defined in this specification are defined in CSS Level 2 Revision 1 [CSS21]. Other CSS modules may expand the definitions of these value types: for example [CSS3COLOR], when combined with this module, expands the definition of the <color> value type as used in this specification.
In addition to the property-specific values listed in their definitions, all properties defined in this specification also accept the inherit keyword as their property value. For readability it has not been repeated explicitly.
|Value:||auto | allow | avoid|
|Applies to:||all elements|
|Computed value:||See prose|
The computed value of ‘
auto’ is ‘
allow’ except when at least one of the following
two conditions are matched:
float’ property is not ‘
wrap-flow’ property is not ‘
Unless specified otherwise for a particular layout mode, two elements are said to overlap when their margin boxes intersect.
If two elements which both have a computed value of ‘
avoid’ overlap each other when positioned
according to the normal rules of their respective positioning schemes, the
later one in document order is repositioned so that it no longer overlap
with any other element preceding it in document order whose ‘
collision’ property also
compute to ‘
avoid’ . If this repositioning
causes the element to overlap with element later in document order whose
compute to ‘
avoid’, then these later
elements must also me moved. The precise way the elements are repositioned
depends on their respective layout mechanisms, as listed in the following
On elements where the ‘
computes to something else than ‘
the collision avoiding behavior is the historical one, as described in
Write some prose to describe what happens with floats and collision:allow. The idea is that if a wide float:left containing xxxxxxx collides with narrow one containing ......... we will get this:
... ... ...xx ...xx xxxxx xxxxx
We define 4 types of repositioning movements, and then indicate in which case each is used.
Determine the element's writing mode, to identify which of the top/right/bottom/left properties correspond to the head/end/foot/start directions. Then, based on which of these is set to auto or to another value, pick a movement:
While the above table of movements should cover a majority of use
cases, there is another set of movements that may be worth considering,
which are more analogus to what floats do when the clear property is set
none’. With the 4 extra movements
defined below, an alternative table of movements can be established. It
is tempting to use the existing ‘
property, maybe with new additional values to make chose between one set
of behavior and the other, but I am not convinced it is possible while
conserving compatibility and sanity. When introducing a property to opt
in the behavior described below, we have the option of making the switch
for all cases simultaneously, or having more fine grained control,
enabling the alternative behavior 1 line at a time.
We then have the following mapping, when the opt-in property does not apply. The rows marked with * are different from the previous table.
needs formal description. In case of collision, the text inside the line box is what gets moved forward, to avoid overlapping. This needs a special definition of collisions, as this isn't based on the margin box.
In flow block boxes avoid collisions by being moved forward in the block progression direction until they no longer overlap. This move is similar to increasing the size of their top margin. This does not or does it? influence the computed or used value of the margin-top property.
Conformance requirements are expressed with a combination of descriptive assertions and RFC 2119 terminology. The key words “MUST”, “MUST NOT”, “REQUIRED”, “SHALL”, “SHALL NOT”, “SHOULD”, “SHOULD NOT”, “RECOMMENDED”, “MAY”, and “OPTIONAL” in the normative parts of this document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119. However, for readability, these words do not appear in all uppercase letters in this specification.
All of the text of this specification is normative except sections explicitly marked as non-normative, examples, and notes. [RFC2119]
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example” or are set apart from the normative text with
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class="note", like this:
Note, this is an informative note.
Conformance to CSS Collision Level 3 is defined for three conformance classes:
A style sheet is conformant to CSS Collision Level 3 if all of its statements that use syntax defined in this module are valid according to the generic CSS grammar and the individual grammars of each feature defined in this module.
A renderer is conformant to CSS Collision Level 3 if, in addition to interpreting the style sheet as defined by the appropriate specifications, it supports all the features defined by CSS Collision Level 3 by parsing them correctly and rendering the document accordingly. However, the inability of a UA to correctly render a document due to limitations of the device does not make the UA non-conformant. (For example, a UA is not required to render color on a monochrome monitor.)
An authoring tool is conformant to CSS Collision Level 3 if it writes style sheets that are syntactically correct according to the generic CSS grammar and the individual grammars of each feature in this module, and meet all other conformance requirements of style sheets as described in this module.
So that authors can exploit the forward-compatible parsing rules to assign fallback values, CSS renderers must treat as invalid (and ignore as appropriate) any at-rules, properties, property values, keywords, and other syntactic constructs for which they have no usable level of support. In particular, user agents must not selectively ignore unsupported component values and honor supported values in a single multi-value property declaration: if any value is considered invalid (as unsupported values must be), CSS requires that the entire declaration be ignored.
To avoid clashes with future CSS features, the CSS2.1 specification reserves a prefixed syntax for proprietary and experimental extensions to CSS.
Prior to a specification reaching the Candidate Recommendation stage in the W3C process, all implementations of a CSS feature are considered experimental. The CSS Working Group recommends that implementations use a vendor-prefixed syntax for such features, including those in W3C Working Drafts. This avoids incompatibilities with future changes in the draft.
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